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Holy | "Tough to take"

Gills keeper left disappointed after Barnsley defeat.

9 February 2019

Keeper calls for positivity following defeat to high-flying Barnsley.

Gillingham stopper Tomas Holy was left with mixed emotions after picking up the man-of-the-match award on Saturday, but called on his Gillingham team to bounce back ahead of a crunch game at home to Scunthorpe United.

Goals from Kieffer Moore and a double from Cauley Woodrow put the visitors in cruise control; an Elliott List goal gave the Gills a lifeline but a fourth goal from Jacob Brown finished the scoring as Barnsley returned to Yorkshire with all three points.

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Speaking after the game, the 6’9 shot stopper said: “It was a very tough day, everyone can see it, but we have to try and forget it, clear our minds over Sunday and focus on the coming games. Next week is a huge game against Scunthorpe, we have to be focussed for it.”

Despite the four goals going in, Holy produced a string of saves to stop the Tykes pulling out of sight in the first few minutes. Speaking about his performance, he added: “I tried my best with the goals, but sometimes it is not enough. For someone like me, who is a perfectionist, it is tough to take. Picking up the man-of-the-match award. It is mixed emotions for me.”

Holy continued: “There are always things you can take from a game, whether it be crosses, saves or kicking. I must try and remain positive. Everyone must forget what has happened now, refresh over Sunday and move forward to the next game.”

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Summing up the mood in the camp at full time, Holy admitted there was some soul-searching taking place, but called on the team to unite: “We are one group and we are one team, from staff through to players. We must stand behind each other, and we all need to take responsibility.”

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